Kick-off: 1930, 21/03/2021
Stadium: Villa Park
TV: Sky Sports
Aston Villa will close to within one point of Tottenham with a game in hand if they can come out on top in their Premier League clash on Sunday night.
Spurs have been priced up as clear favourites but have lost six of their last 10 league games and must recover quickly from Thursday’s Europa League extra-time defeat at Dinamo Zagreb.
This looks a good time to take them on and we favour a home win at 21/10 for our first Aston Villa vs Tottenham prediction.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
Villa looked to have clinched victory at Newcastle last Friday when Ollie Watkins put them in front late on but a last-gasp equaliser from Jamaal Lascelles meant they had to settle for a point.
Villa boss Dean Smith was again without playmaker Jack Grealish and is frustrated at the failure to replicate the club’s early-season form.
He said: “That’s happening across the league at the moment, I don’t think it’s just Aston Villa. We’re certainly trying to create more opportunities – that’s probably been my biggest bugbear.
“Since our break for Covid, I don’t think we’ve created as much as we should do and it’s something that we’re trying to get back.
“I certainly can’t fault the will to win and the being hard to beat mentality, but I think in general, there’s just been a sloppiness around the league.”
Their recent games have all been settled by fine margins and backing under 2.5 goals would have paid out in six of their last seven matches.
That suggests getting 19/20 for no more than two goals in the Aston Villa vs Tottenham odds is a value pick.
Last Villa line-up: Martinez, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Elmohamady, Luiz, McGinn, Trezeguet, Ramsey, Watkins, Traore.
Grealish faces a fitness race and Smith will make a late call on Sunday morning with the midfielder yet to resume full training. Wesley (knee) is back in training after over a year out while Kortney Hause continues to battle a foot problem.
A Look At Tottenham Hotspur’s Betting Odds
Tottenham’s hopes of a top-four finish suffered a setback on Sunday when they slipped to a 2-1 defeat in the north London derby against Arsenal.
Erik Lamela’s stunning opener proved in vain as Martin Odegaard’s equaliser and an Alexandre Lacazette penalty completed Arsenal’s comeback, helped by Lamela’s red card.
It ended a run of three straight wins which had all been against bottom-half opposition but Spurs have now lost their last seven games against teams currently in the top half.
Son Heung-min went off injured against Arsenal and will be badly missed if he remains unavailable while Lamela is suspended, backing up our view that this will be a low-scoring game.
For the last of our Aston Villa vs Tottenham betting tips, let’s go for a goalless first half at 19/10.
Last Spurs EPL line-up: Lloris, Doherty, Reguilon, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Hojbjerg, Ndombele, Son, Bale, Kane, Moura.
Tottenham are likely to be without Son due to his hamstring injury. Mourinho is likely to make several changes to his side with a number of them, including Harry Kane, playing 120 minutes on Thursday.
Last Premier League result:
Newcastle 1-1 ASTON VILLA – Ollie Watkins
Arsenal 2-1 TOTTENHAM – Erik Lamela
Head-to-head: Aston Villa 2-3 Tottenham, Tottenham 3-1 Aston Villa
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